Pouncing Red Fox
“Red Fox Pouncing In Snow” – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming – Tin Man Lee – Featured Photographer
Here is another amazing image from one of Charles Glatzer’s students (remember the Spirit Bear). Talk about a moment in time. Last week we had a snarling wolf, this week a jubilant red fox. Tin Man wasted no time capturing this image and was handsomely rewarded. It reminds me of one of those Matrix type sequences where time stops and you all of a sudden get a 360 degree pan of the hero just before something cool happens. If this doesn’t make you want to give Charles a call about one of his workshops, I know it at least leaves you craving for more of Tin Man’s portfolio so check it out at either www.500px.com/tinman or www.tinmanphotoblog.com. He has a jumping coyote in almost the same pose.
Enter Tin Man:
I went to Yellowstone National Park in Winter 2012 with one goal: To photograph the elusive Red Fox in snow. I was with Chas Glatzer’s photography group which I highly recommend. Before, I’ve heard people trying year after year for over 10 years to look for red fox here with no success. But I thought red fox might be easier to spot in the white snow. I was almost wrong. After 6 days of non-stop full-day searching between mammoth hot spring and old faithful back and forth, we finally saw a small red fluffy animal sitting at road side not too far from us. Knowing that the window of opportunity might be really short, I didn’t bother to set up my tripod. I just grabbed my camera with the 500mm telephoto lens and dashed out of the snow coach. Just within a few seconds, the fox crouched down, at the perfect angle slightly facing me, and pouncing was imminent. In a split second, he jumped at least 5 feet up in the air. I was able to capture the moment right before the landing where his head impact with the snow to strike for a mouse. The pose somehow looked like he was floating in midair trying to glance into the ground. The whole action sequence happened really fast, probably less than a second. I felt lucky that this photo captured the beauty of the hunt. We never had such a good opportunity again.
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